Tennessee School for the Deaf - Knoxville
Director of Instruction at TSD/WTSD

Summary of Duties: Under the direct supervision of the Superintendent, the Director of Instruction is responsible for supervision and administration of educational programs and instructional methodologies designed for deaf and hard of hearing children at TSD and WTSD. The Director of Instruction must be on the cutting edge of current educational strategies on how to work with deaf and hard of hearing children.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree and 10 years of leadership experience or PHD with minimum of 5 years of leadership experience.
  • Background in Educational Reading Recovery
  • Must have TN endorsement 463 Special Education (Hearing) PreK-12 or equivalent
  • Must have TN endorsement 483 Professional Administrator License or equivalent
  • Knowledge and experience in the supervision and evaluation of professional and non-certified staff.
  • A minimum 5 years of teaching experience in a Deaf Education class room.
  • Fluent in American Sign Language


  • Develop long term academic achievement plan for all education levels
  • Directly Supervise Principals and support staff
  • Manage Instructional Department budget
  • Oversee the Curriculum, CTE, and Athletic departments at TSD
  • Serve as an Administrative Team Member under the Superintendent of TSD.
  • Work with state of Tennessee Department of Education to ensure adaptation of the educational framework at TSD and WTSD satisfies state regulations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with LEA’s across the state
  • Establish professional development opportunities for teachers and staff
  • Assist in the development of appropriate Emergency Action Procedures
  • Effectively communicate with staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders
  • Implement latest educational technology to support student success
  • Write grants to directly benefit student needs

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary is set by the Commissioner of Education dependent on education and experience
  • State provides benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, pension retirement, 401(k) match, employee assistance program, higher education discounts for self and children and more and PTO.

The applicant selected for this position must complete full background checks including fingerprinting. Background checks will be completed through TBI, FBI, DCS, TN Registry of Sexual Offenders, and TN Registry of Abuse.

How to Apply:

Applications and resumes can be sent to:

Dr. Nancylynn Ward
TSD/WTSD Superintendent
Tennessee School for the Deaf
2725 Island Home Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37920
Human Resources Office
2725 Island Home Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37920


The Tennessee School for the Deaf is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer.

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